New Music Concert Series
Each semester students of Delaware County Community College and residents of the Delaware County region have access to concerts featuring the world's top musicians right in their own backyard. The series highlights the expansive musical experience available in the 21st century, presenting virtuosic and cutting edge musicians from around the globe. The College is proud to present the sixth season of the New Music Concert Series for 2014–2015. Don’t miss these incredible opportunities to explore music in ways you’ve never heard before!
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$10 | General Admission
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FREE | All DCCC Students (w/ valid DCCC ID)
Student tickets are only available at the door the day of the concert.
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Upcoming Spring 2015 Concerts
Sunday, February 22 at 3 p.m.
Guidonian Hand, trombone quartet
Acclaimed by the New York Times for their “expertly played” performances displaying “meaty lower brass textures,” the Guidonian Hand is America’s leading modern trombone collective.
Tireless advocates for contemporary music, this adventurous ensemble collaborates frequently with living composers, bringing to life compelling new works. They have commissioned over a dozen new works and received grants from organizations such as Chamber Music America, the Barlow Foundation, and New Music USA (formerly Meet the Composer). The Hand has premiered works by Eve Beglarian, Rob Deemer, Conrad Winslow, J. Mark Stambaugh, Galen Brown, and Jeremy Howard Beck. Current commissions include pieces by Mary Ellen Childs, Max Seigel, Christian Gentry, Tim Hanson, Ryan Carter and Alan Ferber.
An exhilarating addition to New York’s vibrant music scene, the Hand has performed extensively in the New York metropolitan area at such venues as the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, River to River Festival, Le Poisson Rouge, The Stone, The Juilliard School, Galapagos Art Space, Roulette, Manhattan School of Music, The Tank, Mannes College of Music, New York University, the Bang on a Can Marathon, and the Tribeca New Music Festival. They appeared as featured guest artists at the International Trombone Festival and at the Eastern Trombone Workshop. Upcoming engagements include concerts in California, Arizona, West Virginia, and New York.
The Hand is passionate about creating original performance experiences that blend music with other art forms such as film, dance, theatre and spoken word. The quartet collaborated with composer Jonathan Bepler, contributing material to the soundtrack for Matthew Barney’s new film River of Fundament. Continuing its collaboration with Bepler for the River to River Festival, the Guidonian Hand provided music for “The Set Up” by choreographer Wally Cordona. Other multimedia projects include Eve Beglarian’s River Project and MADArt’s Morphing Me. Past concerts paired new music with machines constructed by kinetic sculptor and MIT Artist-in-Residence Arthur Ganson
In addition to modern literature, the Guidonian Hand gives a fresh voice to classical repertoire, juxtaposing art music of the past with modern works. Programs frequently reflect eclectic and wide-ranging musical interests, from Bach to Mozart to Thelonius Monk to Jacob TV.
Members of the Hand have performed with diverse ensembles in New York City and across the country, including Ensemble ACJW, the Either/Or Ensemble, TILT Brass Ensemble, the Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Big Band, the Shrine Big Band, Talea Ensemble, Signal Ensemble, Argento, Wet Ink, ACME, the Wordless Music Orchestra and numerous symphony orchestras including the Dallas Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Akron Symphony, New Hampshire Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Symphony in C, Canton Symphony, Albany Symphony and Vermont Symphony.
Dedicated to educating and inspiring young musicians, members of the Hand actively participate in community outreach and music education through such organizations as the New York Philharmonic, the American Composer’s Orchestra, Barge Music, the Bronx Charter School for the Arts, Kaufman Music Center, USDAN Center for Creative and Performing Arts, and Third Street Music School Settlement. They have also presented masterclasses at various colleges and universities including the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and West Chester University.
Originally hailing from California, New York, Texas and Utah, the trombonists of the Hand now call New York City home. They hold graduate degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory and Mannes College of Music.
The Guidonian Hand is Mark Broschinsky, Will Lang, Sebastian Vera and James Rogers. They are represented by Ariel Artists.
To learn more about the ensemble, please visit the Guidonian Hand website.
Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m.
David Bowlin, violin & Thomas Sauer, piano
About David Bowlin, violinist
Violinist David Bowlin’s performances of a broad range of repertoire both old and new have brought him across North America, Europe, and Asia, and won him critical acclaim from The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and others. His solo performances include dozens of premieres, including the world premiere of Mahagoni, a violin concerto written for him by Austrian composer Alexandra Hermentin, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall with the Bulgarian Virtuosi. Awards include first prize in violin at the 2003 Washington International Competition and the 2007 Samuel Baron Prize from Stony Brook University. He has performed live radio broadcasts on WQXR New York, Chicago Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio, WCLV Cleveland, and has been heard in nationwide broadcasts of Performance Today.
About Thomas Sauer, pianist
Pianist Thomas Sauer is highly sought after as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Recent appearances include concerto performances with the Quad-City and Tallahassee Symphonies and the Greenwich Village Orchestra; solo performances at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium), Merkin Concert Hall, Rockefeller University, and St. John’s College, Oxford; appearances on Broadway as the pianist in 33 Variations, a play about the composition of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations; and performances at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. With his long-time duo partner Colin Carr, Mr. Sauer has appeared at the Wigmore Hall (London), Holywell Music Room (Oxford), the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Musikgebouw, Bargemusic (New York City), the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), and Princeton University, among many other venues. Other appearances include recitals with Midori at the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels; performances with members of the Juilliard String Quartet at the Library of Congress; and numerous concerts with the Brentano String Quartet.
Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m.
In conjunction with the fourth Articulture Biennial Arts Festival: Culture and Heritage in Contemporary Art
The Latin Fiesta ensemble has won wide acclaim as a pioneer in the presentation of crossover concerts. The ensemble is led by award winning performers Maria del Pico Taylor, Cuban born pianist and Raymond Taylor, English born violinist. The composition of the group consists of Maria-piano, Raymond Taylor-violin, Vania Taylor-lead vocalist, Cynthia Folio-flute, Fernando Valencia, Tom Lowery, Christian Noguera and Cuco Aponte on Latin percussion, Kevin MacConnell-bass, Liliana Ruiz Davis-Latin/Flamenco dancer. The unorthodox composition of this ensemble lends itself to exciting and versatile programming. Rarely does one hear a crossover concert that shifts from a hot salsa tune to a classical work by Albeniz, and then incorporates a contemporary Latin version of a Baroque Concerto Grosso, or a recent commissioned piece by Oscar Hernandez, Carlos Franzetti, Arturo O'Farrill or Tania Leon, ending with the audience rising out of their seats to join in an Afro-Cuban conga line.
Latin Fiesta inaugurated a large Hispanic music Festival in Philadelphia called "Hispanos... Many Roots... Many Faces..." in 2004, in keeping with their mission of sharing the richness of the Hispanic musical heritage with audiences at large. At these yearly Festivals they have premiered several works written by award winning Hispanic composers. LF is on the roster of the Preserving Diverse Cultures program of the PCA and of Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania. Under their auspices they perform for thousands of children yearly. After an educational concert at The Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center in New Jersey the director wrote: "Latin Fiesta's ability to weave audience participation and cultural information into the program while maintaining a seemingly seamless rhythm was more than just professional, it was art."
Latin Fiesta performs nationwide in a variety of venues ranging from school assemblies and residencies to concert halls, festivals and appearances as soloists with Symphony Orchestras. Concert highlights include the Opening Celebrations of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Welcome America Festival on the Parkway, Repertorio Espanol in New York, a pre-concert encounter with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music, Bethlehem Musikfest, Raices Festival at the Wilmington Opera House, Caribbean Festival at Penns Landing and guest appearances with The Philadelphia Classical Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan,Jackson Symphony Orchestra in Tennessee, Pottstown Symphony and the Signature Symphony in Tulsa OK.
The critics have hailed every member of Latin Fiesta as virtuoso artists: "lead vocalist combines the passion and power of Linda Ronstadt with the energy of Gloria Estefan"... "A brilliant percussion section"... "The powerful pianist mesmerized the capacity audience"... "The violinist showed great virtuosity and wonderful ensemble playing"... "With the Spanish dancer trading exciting flamenco heel clicks with the percussionists, and a dynamic bass player, Latin Fiesta set down a sizzling rumba beat".
To learn more about the ensemble and hear their music, please visit the Latin Fiesta website.
Sunday, April 12 at 3 p.m.
Richard Belcastro, sitarist
with guests Joseph Nocella, piano/guitar; Naomi Gray, cello; Joshua Kovach, clarinets
New chamber works featuring sitar by Delaware County Community College faculty and composers Richard Belcastro and Joseph Nocella.
Sitarist and composer Richard Belcastro explores the potential of his instrument well outside of its Indian Classical roots by writing and performing new concert works featuring the sitar in variety of traditionally western styles and instrumentations. Come hear the premiere performances of new music composed by Belcastro and Joseph Nocella (Music faculty at DCCC). Featuring performances by cellist Naomi Gray, clarinetist Joshua Kovach, and guitarist and pianist Joseph Nocella.
Belcastro’s sitar performance can be heard on the recent Grammy nominated CD “People’s Emergency Center” by the PRISM Quartet, and in concert with chamber ensembles such as the Amernet String Quartet, Ensemble 54, the NakedEye Ensemble, and Melomanie.
“…an eclectic blend of melodic and rhythmic elements of Jazz and Rock and Roll with a uniquely contemporary harmonic vocabulary" - The NY Concert Review
“[Belcastro] traverses cultures from the classical toward blues harmonies and jazz rhythms." - Sequenza 21
For more, visit www.rbelcastro.com